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Living in the shadows: how a teenager with erythropoietic porphyria inspired Ali Sparkes’ book Night Walker

Ali Sparkes’ latest book, Night Walker (publishing on 4th April), is inspired by the incredible true story of 18-year-old Sam Taylor. On the surface, Sam leads the life of a typical teenager, going to college, working and playing football. But Sam experiences the world very differently to most of us. He has erythropoietic porphyria – … Read more

Roald Dahl

Book of the Month: Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words

Roald Dahl’s Rotsome & Repulsant Words Illustrated by the razztwizzler Quentin Blake, this is the perfect introduction to the naughtiest words and phrases invented by the World’s No. 1 Storyteller, from the creators of the bestselling Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary. This gleeful guide will help children develop their language and literacy skills, as well as … Read more

Why does your child need a dictionary?

Dictionaries can be a great way for your child to find out new words and improve their vocabulary – but not just any will do. For your child to get the most out of a dictionary, it has to include words they are likely to hear and use at home and school. It also needs … Read more

What to do if you’re worried about your child’s mental health

Here at Oxford Owl, we know that children’s mental health is a very important issue, so we’ve teamed up with the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) to put together some advice about how you can support your child to cope with stress and anxiety, information about children’s mental health and … Read more

Book of the Month: My Best Short Story in 500 Words

My Best Short Story in 500 Words By Christopher Edge Discover the perfect write-in notebook to help your child craft their best short story in 500 words or less – ideal if they’re planning to enter this year’s BBC Radio 2 500 Words competition. My Best Short Story in 500 Words features colourful illustrations, interactive … Read more

Book of the Month: The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth By Cerrie Burnell Perfect for children aged 9–12 Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When her mother goes missing in the dead of night, Minnow must follow the call of the Wild Deep in search of answers and journey to a … Read more

How to choose a book for ages 7–11

After spending ten years as a school librarian, Beverley Humphrey is now a literacy adviser involved in a number of reading and writing projects. Here she gives her expert advice on how you can help choose the right book for your 7–11 year old. 1. Visit libraries Try to visit your local library regularly with … Read more

How to choose a book for ages 3–7

A love of books is one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. Studies have shown that children who read for pleasure are more likely to do well at school – and the earlier you start, the better. But how do you choose from the huge number of wonderful books available? Children’s librarian … Read more

Harriet Muncaster’s creative writing challenge

Writing stories is the perfect way for your child to unleash their inner artist. Creating an entirely new world with only a pen, some paper, and a whole heap of imagination can be hugely exciting and rewarding, and also makes for fun literacy practice – but it can be hard to know where to start. … Read more

What is the Year 4 multiplication tables check?

In June 2019, a new Year 4 multiplication tables check will be trialled across the UK, becoming statutory in 2020. If your school decides to take part in the 2019 voluntary trial, your child will need to take a short online test to make sure their times tables knowledge is at the expected level. We’ve … Read more